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(Lines 669-858)

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676 But smothe it heeng as dooth a strike of flex;

679 But thynne it lay, by colpons oon and oon.

682 Hym thoughte he rood al of the newe jet;

687 Bretful of pardoun comen from Rome al hoot.

696 He seyde he hadde a gobet of the seyl

704 Than that the person gat in monthes tweye;

710 But alderbest he song an offertorie;

721 How that we baren us that ilke nyght,

730 For this ye knowen al so wel as I:

735 Or ellis he moot telle his tale untrewe,

741 Eek Plato seith, whoso kan hym rede,

749 He served us with vitaille at the beste;

754 A fairer burgeys was ther noon in Chepe --

764 I saugh nat this yeer so myrie a compaignye

769 "Ye goon to Caunterbury -- God yow speede,

779 And for to werken as I shal yow seye,

786 And graunted hym withouten moore avys,

792 In this viage shal telle tales tweye

798 Tales of best sentence and moost solaas --

799 Shal have a soper at oure aller cost

807 And if ye vouche sauf that it be so,

823 Up roos oure Hoost, and was oure aller cok,

830 If even-song and morwe-song accorde,

840 And ye, sire Clerk, lat be youre shamefastnesse,

853 He seyde, "Syn I shal bigynne the game,

857 And he bigan with right a myrie cheere

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